Thursday, July 4: Happy Independence Day! Lineup of Holiday TV Marathons, Specials and Fireworks! (2024)

Thursday, July 4: Happy Independence Day! Lineup of Holiday TV Marathons, Specials and Fireworks! (1)Ralph Bavaro/NBC

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Thursday, July 4

Barbecue Showdown
Netflix
Season Premiere!

The cooking competition is back as nine of the best barbecuers from across the country must master the flame in an open-fire playground to create mouthwatering, boundary-pushing barbecue for a $50,000 prize. Michelle Buteau returns to host, joined by world-class judges Melissa Cookston and Kevin Bludso.

Space Cadet
Prime Video
Original Film!

A Florida party girl (Emma Roberts) turns out to be the only hope for the NASA space program after a fluke puts her in the same training with other candidates who may have better resumés, but don’t have her heart and nerve.

Proud American
FOX News Channel, beginning at 5am Live

FOX News Media will showcase its signature “Proud American” franchise series in honor of Independence Day with an array of patriotic-themed programming and segments throughout the day. FOX Nation’s Abby Hornacek will be live in Bristol, Rhode Island, for the town’s Oldest Independence Celebration in the Nation parade. She will interview the General Chairman Camille Teixeira as well as World War II veterans along the parade route. Tonight at 8pm, Carley Shimkus, Lawrence Jones, Aishah Hasnie and Johnny Joey Jones cohost The Big Independence Day Special two-hour live show from FOX Square in New York City, with live fireworks displays from Washington, D.C.; Bristol, Rhode Island; and Asbury Park, New Jersey. Former police officer and acclaimed country music artist Frank Ray performs, and patriotic messages from veterans and viewers will be broadcast throughout the program.

Rod, White & Blue: A “Twilight Zone” Celebration
Heroes & Icons Network, beginning at 6am

For the second year, H&I is airing this annual Independence Day marathon of episodes from the classic sci-fi/fantasy anthology series The Twilight Zone, following its five-year run on the former DECADES channel (which rebranded to Catchy Comedy last year). This year’s event features 174 back-to-back episodes of the series, running four days beginning this morning and continuing into the early morning of Monday, July 8.

“The Twilight Zone” Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 6am

Syfy returns with its annual Fourth of July marathon of episodes from Rod Serling’s classic sci-fi/fantasy/horror anthology series The Twilight Zone. This year, the marathon runs 24 hours, all day July 4 and into early July 5. Throughout the day, you can watch classic episodes like “Third From the Sun,” “Time Enough at Last,” “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” “The Hitch-Hiker,” “To Serve Man” and more.

Fourth of July Country Music Programming
AXS TV, beginning at 8am

Celebrate the holiday with the following country music documentaries and concerts: Alan Jackson: Small Town Southern Man, Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl, Lady A: Live From the Artists Den, Tim McGraw: Live From the Artists Den, Blackberry Smoke Homecoming Live in Atlanta, Zac Brown Band: Live From the Artists Den, Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws & Angels and Toby Keith: 35 MPH Town.

Great American “Rocky” Marathon
AMC, 3pm

Yo, Adrian! AMC rings the bell for a five-round marathon of Rocky movies starring Sylvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa. Underdog Rocky challenges Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the Oscar-winning Rocky (1976). Rocky gets a rematch in Rocky II, takes on Clubber Lang (Mr. T) in Rocky III, faces Soviet Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) in Rocky IV and brawls with Tommy Gunn (Tommy Morrison) in Rocky V.

The Fourth in America
CNN, 7pm Live

CNN’s must-see musical experience features star-studded performances and live firework shows from across the country. Musical acts include Bebe Rexha, The Kid LAROI, The Killers, The Goo Goo Dolls, Kane Brown, T-Pain, Bleachers, Keith Urban, Ashanti, REO Speedwagon, Chris Young, Yellowcard, Ben Platt, Boys Like Girls, and En Vogue. The special will also include an ensemble performance by The United States Air Force Band. Coast-to-coast firework shows will air live from cities across the country throughout the evening, including Boston, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, Nashville, Niagara Falls, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular
NBC, 8pm Live

The annual New York event returns to the Hudson River for the first time in over a decade to celebrate America’s birthday with entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. Performers had not been announced at presstime.

A Capitol Fourth 2024
PBS, 8pm Live

Commemorate America’s 248th birthday with the 44th broadcast of America’s Independence Day celebration, featuring tributes to America’s military.

Star of the Month: Eva Marie Saint (100th Birthday)
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

One of the last surviving stars of Hollywood’s golden age, and the oldest living Academy Award winner, legendary actress Eva Marie Saint turns 100 today (she was born July 4, 1924, in Newark, New Jersey). To celebrate the icon’s centennial, Turner Classic Movies is devoting Thursday nights this month to lineups of her most memorable films. Starting things off this evening is Saint’s first feature film, the Best Picture Oscar-winning drama On the Waterfront (1954), for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, alongside Best Actor winner Marlon Brando, and Supporting Actor nominees Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden and Rod Steiger. After that is a special called Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Eva Marie Saint, which first aired in 2014. Then, the evening concludes with the classic Hitchco*ck thriller North by Northwest (1959), costarring Cary Grant, James Mason and Martin Landau, and the drama A Hatful of Rain (1957), a rarity in its time for its frank portrayal of drug addiction and its impact on an addict (played by Don Murray) and his family.

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Friday, July 5

Desperate Lies
Netflix
New Limited Series!

In Netflix’s first “melodrama series” from Brazil, Liana (Juliana Paes) is neither excited nor truly happy, nor does she have any expectations at her gender reveal party. She already knows the answer — and it’s not quite what one would expect. There are two boys: twins, each with different fathers. One is the son of her husband, Tomás (Vladimir Brichta), while the other is the result of something she would prefer to forget. The series’ plot revolves around a very particular question: How many secrets can a mother keep?

Goyo
Netflix
Original Film!

This romantic drama from Argentina follows the title character, played by Nicolás Furtado, who is a Van Gogh devotee on the autism spectrum and works as a guide at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. His orderly routine is disrupted when he develops a crush on Eva (Nancy Dupláa), a new security guard at the museum. Issues with her marriage have led Eva to become disillusioned with romance, but her unexpected meeting with Goyo will allow them both to discover a new way to love, and to be loved.

The Imaginary
Netflix
Feature Film Exclusive!

This anime feature from Japan portrays the depths of humanity and creativity through the eyes of young Amanda (voice of Rio Suzuki) and her imaginary companion, Rudger (Kokoro Terada). Their fantastical adventures launched from her attic lead them to discover a magical world of creatures and places never seen before, until a sinister force threatens to destroy their fantasy world and the friendship within it.

“Snowpiercer” Marathon
AMC, beginning at 12pm

Before AMC (taking over for TNT) premieres this dystopian thriller’s fourth and final season on July 21, it’s airing the first three seasons starting today with Season 1’s 10 episodes. For any newcomers: The action takes place on a 1,001-car train endlessly circling the globe carrying the survivors of a life-killing great freeze.

The Women
TCM, 5:45pm
Catch a Classic!

Director George Cukor’s 1939 comedy/drama, with its screenplay adaptation of Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 play of the same name by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin, is headlined by some of the most notable actresses of the era, including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard and Joan Fontaine. The entire cast of well over 100 speaking roles was all female in this story that offers a satiric commentary on the lives of various interconnected high-society women. Strangely, the film received no Oscar nominations, but it has long been considered one of the numerous standouts from Hollywood’s incredible year of 1939.

Ancient Aliens: “Unlocking the Stargates”
History, 9pm

Many cultures believe in the existence of stargates through which beings travel to Earth from distant points in the universe and even other dimensions. Could such portals truly exist?

Down in the Valley
Starz, 9pm
New Series!

Inspired by the hit show P-Valley, a drama following the lives of strip club performers working in Mississippi, this new docuseries hosted by Nicco Annan (who plays Uncle Clifford on P-Valley) will take viewers on a tour of the Deep South, unveiling the people, music and culture that make up the complex and diverse region.

Saturday, July 6

MLB Baseball
FS1 & FOX, beginning at 1pm Live

Old rivals meet at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx as the Boston Red Sox visit the N.Y. Yankees on FS1. On FOX in primetime, viewers will see either the Milwaukee Brewers at the L.A. Dodgers or the Philadelphia Phillies at the Atlanta Braves.

Three Wise Men and a Baby: Extended Cut
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Three brothers (Paul Campbell, Tyler Hynes and Andrew Walker) get the surprise of their lives when they are forced to work together to care for a baby over the holidays.

Amish Affair
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Ryan McPartlin (L.A.’s Finest) and Mackenzie Cardwell (Upload) star in this drama inspired by actual events that follows an Amish woman whose romantic involvement with a married man leads to her trying to prove her innocence after she’s framed for murder.

Svengoolie Classic Horror & Sci-Fi Movie: “The Angry Red Planet”
MeTV, 8pm

Sven introduces 1959’s The Angry Red Planet, a sci-fi film in which one of only two survivors from the first manned trip to Mars relates what happened to the expedition.

Dinner and a Movie: The Meg
TBS, 8pm

Pegged in line with tomorrow’s kickoff of Discovery Channel’s 2024 Shark Week, Jason Biggs and his wife Jenny Mollen welcome this year’s producer, Jeff Kurr, to chat about what’s in store for the week, while watching the largest marine predator wreak havoc in the 2018 horror flick The Meg.

We Come in Peace
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Throughout movie history, there have been plenty of films depicting Earth’s invasion by evil aliens. But there have also been a few notable productions with stories about extraterrestrials visiting us with more peaceful, and curious, motives. Two of those are featured tonight. Up first is Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), the sci-fi classic that earned Steven Spielberg, who also wrote the screenplay, his first Best Director Oscar nomination. Spielberg’s tale follows Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), whose encounter with a UFO leads him on an obsessed, cross-country quest for answers. Along the way, he meets up with Jillian (Best Supporting Actress nominee Melinda Dillon), who is on her own quest to recover her young son, who has been taken by an alien spacecraft. It all culminates in an awe-inspiring climax at Devils Tower in Wyoming, where humanity makes its first contact with otherworldly beings, all brought to spectacular life by Oscar-nominated visual effects and punctuated by John Williams’ emotional, Oscar-nominated musical score. Following that is another renowned sci-fi production: The Day the Earth Stood Still. Director Robert Wise’s 1951 film finds an alien named Klaatu (Michael Rennie) and his robot, Gort (Lock Martin), landing on Earth to warn the planet’s inhabitants to abandon their atomic weapons and aggression, and live peacefully with the other residents of the cosmos, or be destroyed. The film was groundbreaking and influential in not only in its theme (humanity positioned as the greater threat to the universe, not some invading aliens), but also in composer Bernard Herrmann’s musical score, which featured one of the earliest cinematic uses of the theremin; that eerie-sounding instrument would soon become an almost-overused staple in other films of the spacey or spooky variety.

Sunday, July 7

Formula 1 Racing: Qatar Airways British GP
ESPN2, 9:55am Live

Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz and other top F1 drivers compete for 52 laps around the 18-turn Silverstone Circuit in England.

NTT IndyCar Series: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
NBC, 2pm Live

NTT IndyCar drivers compete for 80 laps around the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road circuit at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington.

Psycho
TCM, 3:45pm
Catch a Classic!

Alfred Hitchco*ck received his fifth and final Best Director Oscar nomination for this iconic 1960 thriller based on Robert Bloch’s novel and led by Anthony Perkins (who should have received a Best Actor nomination) in a fantastic performance as murderous mama’s boy Norman Bates alongside Best Supporting Actress nominee Janet Leigh as poor Marion Crane, who has the misfortune of stopping for a stay and a shower at the remote Bates Motel, managed by Norman. Despite pretty much everyone knowing the film’s twist at this point, it still has the ability to shock thanks to Hitchco*ck’s direction and the performances by the cast, which also includes Vera Miles, John Gavin and Martin Balsam.

NASCAR Cup Series: Grant Park 165
NBC, 4:30pm Live

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to race through the streets in and around Grant Park in downtown Chicago. Shane van Gisbergen, in his NASCAR debut, won last year’s race that was shortened due to rain and darkness.

60 Minutes
CBS, 7pm

The newsmagazine series has back-to-back episodes featuring updates to previously aired segments “Targeting Americans,” “Kevin Hart,” “3D Printing” and “Your Chatbot Will See You Now.”

Shark Week 2024
Discovery Channel, beginning at 8pm; also streams on Max

The granddaddy of all summertime shark stunts returns for its 36th installment starting tonight, with actor/wrestler John Cena serving as host for the fan-favorite summertime programming event, which will include 21 hours of new programming this year. Four of those new shows kick things off tonight: Belly of the Beast: Bigger and Bloodier, a follow-up to one of last year’s most popular Shark Week specials; Jaws vs. Leviathan; Makozilla; and Sydney Harbor Shark Invasion.

Professor T: “A Little Drop of Poison”
PBS, 8pm

Out of prison, the professor (Ben Miller) is desperate to get back to his work at the university and with the police. Detectives need the professor’s help to investigate a series of unexplained deaths before more people die.

The Food That Built America: “Lunchbox Legends”
History, 9pm

Before the 1960s, lunchtime for kids was just another meal. Then three very different food visionaries took matters into their own hands, creating favorites like fruit snacks and prepackaged lunches. Eat up this fascinating journey.

Grantchester
PBS, 9pm

Alphy (Rishi Nair) is invited to a party at a country manor, where he hopes to raise funds for the ailing church. The evening’s frivolities are cut short when a body is found in the basem*nt.

The Icons That Built America: “Shock Jocks”
History, 10pm

While Top 40 hits dominated the radio for decades, in the 1970s two maverick broadcasters shook things up, challenging the rules and polite society to help create a new genre: talk radio. One will launch an all-out war with his own station as he goes to shocking lengths in a bid for the top spot in New York, while the other will launch a political revolution on the airwaves in an effort to save AM radio from extinction.

D.I. Ray: “A Test of Wills”
PBS, 10pm

After Rav’s (Taha Rahim) capture attempt takes an unexpected turn, past traumas resurface for Rachita (Parminder Nagra).

Monday, July 8

The Bachelorette
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The franchise’s female-led edition is now officially old enough to drink, so for Season 21, vibrant singleton Jenn Tran is taking her shots at finding Mr. Right. During her run as one of Joey Graziadei’s final six on the last season of The Bachelor, the bilingual Vietnamese student from Hillsdale, New Jersey, won us over right off the bat with her big smile and sporty vibe. Now that she’s mended that broken heart, it’s her turn to hand out some roses, and so far, the fellas they have lined up for her seem to be a wildly diverse bunch.

All American: “I Do (Part 1)”
The CW, 8pm

Spencer (Daniel Ezra) and Olivia (Samantha Logan) are focused on pulling off the perfect wedding weekend.

Shark Week 2024 Continues
Discovery Channel, beginning at 8pm; also streams on Max

Three premiere specials air tonight: Big Shark Energy, in which shark experts Dr. Riley Elliott and Kori Burkhardt try to determine which male great white shark is the alpha in a pack of massive adults in the waters off New Zealand; Shark Frenzy: Mating Games, with Dr. Craig O’Connell exploring the love lives of oceanic whitetips and tiger sharks; and Great White Serial Killer: Sea of Blood, which finds shark conservationist Paul de Gelder joining shark investigator Brandon McMillan to work with locals in a Mexican fishing village to identify the great white behind three attacks in three years.

American Ninja Warrior: “Qualifiers 7”
NBC, 8pm

The qualifying rounds continue in Los Angeles with ninjas from around the country taking on the world’s most challenging obstacle course. The Mega Warped Wall returns, and head-to-head runoff races determine the final spot moving forward to the semifinals.

TCM Spotlight: The Hays Gaze (90th Anniversary of the Hays Code)
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Turner Classic Movies’ monthlong Monday night remembrance of the Motion Picture Production Code (aka the Hays Code) that was instituted in Hollywood between 1934 and 1968 continues with more double features of various themes considered to be controversial during the era, contrasting one made before enforcement of the Code with another made when the Code was more fully in effect. The first pairing looks at two crime/gangster films: Scarface (1932), director Howard Hawks’ influential classic led by Paul Muni, which was banned in some cities and states even after alterations were made to make it not appear to be glorifying gangsters and violence as much as some censors thought it did, followed by The Roaring Twenties (1939), directed by Raoul Walsh and starring James Cagney, Priscilla Lane and Humphrey Bogart. After that are a couple of films dealing with illegitimate children: the pre-Code comedy/drama The Bachelor Father (1931), led by Marion Davies, followed by Bachelor Mother (1939), a romantic comedy starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven. Two melodramas conclude things early tomorrow: the pre-Code title The Sin of Nora Moran (1933), starring Zita Johann, and That Certain Woman (1937), led by Bette Davis, Henry Fonda and Anita Louise.

All American: Homecoming
The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Season 3 of this All American spinoff about collegiate athletes begins tonight, as Simone’s (Geffri Maya) renewed determination on the tennis court is threatened by a potential injury.

BBQ Brawl
Food Network, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The all-star mastery of meat competition returns for a fifth season, with chef Bobby Flay continuing to helm mentoring duties. See you at the smoker!

The 1% Club: “Tick, Tick, Money”
FOX, 9pm

In the new episode “Tick, Tick, Money,” a librarian who sings opera, a funicular railway employee and a district attorney are among 100 contestants competing in the quiz show for the chance to win up to $100,000.Patton Oswalt hosts.

History’s Greatest Mysteries: “The Assassination of RFK”
History, 9pm

Five years after John F. Kennedy was killed by gunshot, his brother Robert met the same tragic fate. Today, questions and conspiracies still remain on who really was behind the killing of Robert and why?

My Life Is Murder: “En Pointe”
BBC America, 10pm (stream on Acorn TV)

Alexa (Lucy Lawless) poses as a dance mom to find who killed a ballerina with a bow and arrow at a prestigious ballet academy.

Holy Marvels With Dennis Quaid: “Hidden Wonders”
History, 10pm

While most of the world’s holiest places sit in plain sight, some are hidden deep underground. Why are the revered tomb of Jesus Christ, a secret Knights Templar tunnel and a prehistoric temple in Malta concealed?

Bodies in the Water
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
New Series!

This true-crime series follows the events that occurred when a missing high school student was found shackled in chains in a watery grave off the shore of Cape May. The investigation into the heinous murder led to the discovery of jealous boyfriends and turmoil within the victim’s foster family that sent shock waves throughout the tightknit community.

The Wall: “Larry and Lauren”
NBC, 10pm

First responders and father-daughter duo Larry and Laura join forces to represent Tampa, Florida, and go head-to-head with the Wall.

POV: “Is There Anybody Out There?”
PBS, 10pm

Filmmaker Ella Glendining finds others who have dealt with the same rare disability that she has.

“Roseanne” Couch Week
COZI TV, 11pm

The most iconic couch in Lanford, Illinois, is getting the star treatment in this multipart marathon of the hit ABC series Roseanne, where, throughout the course of 20 episodes (four episodes per night), the animated furniture piece will spill on behind-the-scenes secrets and favorite series moments.

Tuesday, July 9

The Boyfriend
Netflix
New Series!

Japan’s first same-sex romance reality series celebrates love in all its forms. Located by the sea, the Green Room beach house sets the stage for nine men to find love. For a month, they live together and take turns working at a coffee truck, forging deep friendships and learning about themselves along the way. The series features 10 episodes that will be available in four weekly installments on Tuesdays.

Melissa Etheridge: I’m Not Broken
Paramount+
New Series!

This two-part docuseries tells the inspiring story of healing through the power of music. Having recently lost her son to opioids, rock icon Melissa Etheridge uses letters from a women’s prison in Kansas to create and perform an original song, helping her and the incarcerated female residents to understand the cycle of addiction.

TCM Morning & Afternoon Movies: Summer at the Drive-In
TCM, beginning at 6am
Catch a Classic!

All morning and afternoon, pretend you’re at a ’50s or ’60s drive-in with several movies from various genres that populated those outdoor screens back in the day (mostly low-budget horror and sci-fi flicks, but some other ones, as well). You won’t even need to be in your car to enjoy the Z-grade creature feature From Hell It Came (1957), with its ridiculous tree monster; The Black Scorpion (1957), with its title beasts brought to life by Willis O’Brien’s stop-motion animation; the rock ’n’ roll film Jamboree (1957), which features famed DJ Alan Freed along with notable stars of the early rock era as themselves, including Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino; the Elvis Presley/Shelley Fabares-led musical romantic comedy Girl Happy (1965); Queen of Outer Space (1958), a sci-fi movie set in the far-off future of 1985 and starring Zsa Zsa Gabor; Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell (1968), a fairly gruesome sci-fi/horror movie from Japan; Moon Zero Two (1969), a sci-fi movie from Britain’s Hammer Studios, set in another far-off future — 2021; The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953), the first giant monster movie of the Atomic Age, boasting terrific effects by Ray Harryhausen; and Them! (1954), the first and best of the “big bug” creature features of the ’50s, featuring desert ants mutated to monstrous size by atomic testing.

Soccer: UEFA Euro 2024: Semifinal
FOX, 3pm Live

One of the participants playing for the Euro 2024 championship is determined with today’s first semifinal at Munich Football Arena in Germany.

Family Feud: Decades of Laughs
ABC, 8pm

Celebrating the iconic game show now in its fifth decade on air, this special event hosted by Steve Harvey will honor previous hosts and highlight some of the best moments and fan-favorite episodes over the years.

The Top Ten Revealed: 200 of the Greatest Songs of the ’70s Edition
AXS TV, beginning at 8pm
New Series!

This spinoff of The Top Ten Revealed features music experts and icons counting down the best songs of the 1970s. In tonight’s first half-hour, Dee Snider, Rikki Rockett and Shawn Stockman look at songs No. 200-No. 191, guiding viewers through an eclectic retrospective spanning The Who to Donna Summer and everything in between. That is followed by John 5, Jeff Timmons and Shar Jackson counting down songs No. 190-No. 181, covering trailblazers such as Bruce Springsteen, Meat Loaf and more.

Shark Week 2024 Continues
Discovery Channel, beginning at 8pm; also streams on Max

Three new specials air tonight: Deadliest Bite, in which experts delve into the jaw mechanics of various shark species; 6000lb. Shark, which finds marine biologists in search of the fattest great whites in the waters off New Zealand (and trying to obtain their poop for study); and Monster Hammerheads: Species X, where Dr. Austin Gallagher and his team investigate an aggressive population of hammerhead sharks in Turks and Caicos, which they believe could be an entirely new species.

Beat Shazam: “The Higher the Hair, the Closer to Heaven!”
FOX, 8pm

Teams of hairdressers, twins and priests play the musical guessing game to take home the $1 million prize in the new episode “The Higher the Hair, the Closer to Heaven!”

America’s Got Talent: “Auditions 6”
NBC, 8pm

The auditions continue as a variety of acts and contestants of all ages try for the chance to win $1 million. There are more Golden Buzzers than ever before, each sending one lucky act directly to the live shows to compete for America’s vote.

Celebrity Family Feud
ABC, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Hosted by comedian Steve Harvey, the 10th season of this celebrity spinoff of Family Feud that pits celebrities and members of their families against other stars and their relatives to win money for charity begins tonight, with Megan Thee Stallion vs. Ne-Yo and NFL athletes battling against Olympians.

My Big Fat Fabulous Life
TLC, 9pm
Season Premiere!

All of Whitney’s friends are moving on to new stages of life. Lennie announces his baby, Buddy got married and Whitney figures out what is next for her.

Sasha Reid and the Midnight Order
Freeform, 10pm
New Series!

This original docuseries follows criminologist and developmental psychologist Dr. Sasha Reid and her all-female team as they use cutting-edge technology and forensic science to crack open cold cases and find justice for the defenseless.

Password: “Roy Wood Jr. & Jimmy Fallon”
NBC, 10pm

Celebrity guest Roy Wood Jr. and Jimmy Fallon pair up with contestants and face off over two games. Players from each team guess secret passwords using only one-word clues for a chance to win up to $25,000.

VOCES
PBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Season 5 of the docuseries devoted to exploring the rich diversity of the Latino experience will begin tonight, featuring new and established filmmakers bringing their powerful and illuminating stories to a national audience.

Wednesday, July 10

In the Arena: Serena Williams
ESPN+
New Series!

This eight-part series provides the most complete and intimate account of Serena Williams’ legendary tennis career. Each episode explores the pivotal moments in her life on and off the court, illustrating the steps she took that, when reflected upon, show the incredible distance traveled over the course of her career. The series features firsthand perspectives from Williams and key figures from throughout her life.

Receiver
Netflix
New Series!

This sports docuseries follows five of the NFL’s best pass catchers — Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Amon-Ra St. Brown — throughout the 2023 season, on and off the field.

Soccer: UEFA Euro 2024: Semifinal
FOX, 3pm Live

The championship match in the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Germany will be set following today’s second semifinal at BVB Stadion Dortmund.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Jimmy Kimmel returns to host a new season, which will feature pairs of celebrity contestants playing for their charity of choice.

Shark Week 2024 Continues
Discovery Channel, beginning at 8pm; also streams on Max

Three new specials air tonight: Great White North, which finds shark expert Andy Casagrande on an expedition along the coast of Nova Scotia, where there is a growing population of aggressive white sharks; an Expedition Unknown special episode called “Sharks vs. Nazis in Paradise,” in which explorer Josh Gates and shark biologist Tristan Guttridge team up with nature’s deadliest predator to search for a lost wreck sunk by a Nazi U-boat during World War II; and Alien Sharks: Ghosts of Japan, which takes a look at the diverse and sometimes otherworldly-looking species of sharks that call the waters off of Japan home.

MasterChef: Generations: “Age Is Just a Number”
FOX, 8pm

In the new episode “Age Is Just a Number,” the multigenerational chefs are tasked with creating a stunning dish using a variety of aged and fermented ingredients.

Dynamic Planet
PBS, 8pm
Series Finale!

Amid shifts in Earth’s climate, once-stable ecosystems are now in turmoil. Experts, Indigenous communities, and megafauna from the Arctic to the Amazon reveal how science, nature and tradition can help prepare us for a fast-changing future in the final episode of the docuseries.

Roger Corman — Part 2 (Directed By)
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Turner Classic Movies continues to remember prolific and influential filmmaker Roger Corman, who passed away May 9 at age 98, with several more of the low-budget B-movie classics that Corman was behind. Up first are four of the famed adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe works directed by Corman and starring Vincent Price, the first three of which have screenplays by sci-fi/horror master Richard Matheson: House of Usher (1960), costarring Mark Damon; The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), also featuring British scream queen Barbara Steele; The Raven (1963), which teams Price with other creepy movie icons Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre, and also features Jack Nicholson, who got his early exposure in this and other Corman productions, in a supporting role; and The Masque of the Red Death (1964). The lineup concludes early tomorrow with two other Corman-directed films: Bloody Mama (1970), an exploitation crime film with Shelley Winters in the title role, along with supporting performances from Bruce Dern and Robert De Niro; and The Wild Angels (1966), which helped inspire the outlaw biker genre of the late ’60s/early ’70s and was the first film to associate star Peter Fonda with motorcycles well before his more famous role in 1969’s Easy Rider. TCM’s Corman celebration will conclude next Wednesday, July 17, with several movies he produced.

Claim to Fame
ABC, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Hosted by two of the four Jonas brothers, Kevin and Franklin, this reality competition series that challenges relatives of celebrities to live together under one roof while concealing their identities in order to win a $100,000 prize returns for a third season with all new contestants.

Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Bravo, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Increasingly high interest rates, the “Mansion Tax” and low inventory have taken their toll on the Los Angeles luxury real estate market. Agents Josh Altman, Josh Flagg and Tracy Tutor are feeling a new kind of heat and find themselves accepting deals they never would have previously.

The Real CSI: Miami
CBS, 9pm

The 2018 murder of rising rap superstar XXXTentacion left the hip-hop world in shock. See how investigators pieced together forensic evidence to discover the suspects’ surprising motives in the new episode “XXXTentacion.” The new episode “Death of a Hurricane” follows.

Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars: “Show and Sell”
FOX, 9pm

In the new episode “Show and Sell,” the nine remaining entrepreneurs must present and sell unusual kitchen gadgets to buyers and brand representatives at the International Food and Drink Event.

Reginald the Vampire
Syfy, 10pm
Season Finale!

The Jacob Batalon-led horror comedy concludes its second season.

Icons Unearthed: Spider-Man
VICE, 10pm
New Series!

This six-episode documentary series, the eighth in the Icons Unearthed franchise, goes behind the scenes to illuminate Spider-Man’s arduous journey to the screen after overcoming bankruptcy and multiple lawsuits.

Thursday, July 11

Another Self
Netflix
Season Premiere!

This Turkish drama returns for Season 2. The series follows three friends (Tuba Büyüküstün, Seda Bakan and Boncuk Yilmaz) who arrive in a seaside town, where they connect with their spiritual selves and suddenly face unresolved trauma from their families’ pasts.

Vikings: Valhalla
Netflix
Season Premiere!

The third and final season of this historical drama finds its heroes on different journeys seven years after the globe-trotting drama of the previous installment. Freydís (Frida Gustavsson) has become the spiritual leader of the pagan town of Jomsborg, but her enemies haven’t forgotten about her violent past. Meanwhile, Leif (Sam Corlett) and Harald (Leo Suter) have settled as military advisers in Constantinople, putting to work the knowledge and warrior wisdom earned from their long journey down the Dnieper River. Will the far-flung friends ever return home?

A Bit of Classic ’80s
BBC America, beginning at 10:30am

Big hair, big shoulders and big dreams: Today is all about the best of the 1980s. This movie marathon starts with the 1985 Val Kilmer comedy Real Genius, followed by Stand by Me, the 1986 Stephen King adventure drama starring River Phoenix and Corey Feldman, about a group of young boys looking for a missing body. Then, 1983’s classic rebel teen drama The Outsiders and the 1987 vampire comedy The Lost Boys will end the ’80s film marathon, after which they will all air for a second showing into the morning.

The 2024 ESPYS
ABC, 8pm Live

Tennis great Serena Williams is the master of ceremonies for the star-studded sports awards show taking place at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Shark Week 2024 Continues
Discovery Channel, beginning at 8pm; also streams on Max

Three new specials air tonight: Monster of Oz, which follows an attempt to track down the unknown predator that has a taste for great whites and makos off the southwest coast of Australia; Caught! When Sharks Attack, in which experts analyze the most intense shark encounters captured on camera; and Great White Danger Zone, which follows Alison Towner and her team as they investigate a new great white hot spot off the coast of South Africa.

Don’t Forget the Lyrics!
FOX, 8pm

Two new episodes of the musical guessing game air back-to-back tonight with a social media star playing in “You Can’t Judge a Book!” and an Army veteran going for the $1 million prize in “She’s a Fighter!”

Alone: “Legacy”
History, 8pm

Entering only their second week of competition, some survivalists get raided by unwelcome visitors, and one participant gets another chance at the shot of a lifetime.

Barnwood Builders
Magnolia Network, beginning at 8pm
Season Premiere!

Mark Bowe and his team of skilled West Virginia craftsmen are back to salvage more antique barns and cabins. For the first five weeks of this new season, there will be two back-to-back hourlong episodes. First up tonight, in “Perfectly Imperfect,” they head to Lower Salem, Ohio, to save a classic example of a pioneer log home, among other activities. Then, in “Community Building,” the guys head to Canaan Valley, West Virginia, for the largest commercial project they’ve ever built.

Star of the Month: Eva Marie Saint
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Turner Classic Movies’ monthlong Thursday night celebration of legendary actress Eva Marie Saint continues this evening with the drama All Fall Down (1962), costarring Warren Beatty, Karl Malden and Angela Lansbury, and directed by John Frankenheimer; the Western Raintree County (1957), also with Montgomery Clift and Best Actress Oscar nominee Elizabeth Taylor; The Sandpiper (1965), a drama led by Taylor and Richard Burton; and Saint’s second film, the comedy That Certain Feeling (1956), which also features Bob Hope, George Sanders and Pearl Bailey, and is making its TCM premiere.

Christina on the Coast
HGTV, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Christina Hall takes on her most important clients yet — her parents, Paul and Laurie. After years of debating a move, they are finally ready to remodel Christina’s childhood home. However, Paul and Laurie’s nostalgia for the past might hinder Christina’s plans for their future.

Impractical Jokers
TBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!

The Jokers find a new home on their sister network TBS. Two back-to-back episodes make their premiere tonight and feature Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray and Sal Vulcano (still no Joe) taking their sidesplitting antics to staggering new heights. From a pizza shop mishap with Brooke Shields and an unforgettable dance party hosted by NSYNC’s Joey Fatone to an NCAA March Madness takeover that goes wrong, plenty of laughs await. The new episodes will also feature celebrity guest appearances from comedians Roy Wood Jr., Richard Kind, Joe DeRosa, AEW’s John Silver and more.

Friday, July 12

Descendants: The Rise of Red
Disney+
Original Film!

This entry in the Descendants franchise finds former Villain Kid (aka VK) Uma (China Anne McClain), now Auradon Prep’s newest principal, extending an invite to the school to another VK — Red (Kylie Cantrall), the rebellious daughter of the Queen of Hearts (Rita Ora) from Wonderland. After the queen incites a coup against Auradon, Red and Cinderella’s (Brandy Norwood) daughter, Chloe (Malia Baker), travel back in time to undo the traumatic event that set Red’s mother down her villainous path. The music-driven film features seven new original songs, as well as reprises of the Descendants 2 hit “What’s My Name” and “So This Is Love” from Disney’s original Cinderella animated feature. The soundtrack is also available beginning today.

Blame the Game
Netflix
Original Film!

Young love is tested in this German romantic comedy. Pia (Janina Uhse) and Jan (Dennis Mojen) have just fallen in love and can hardly spend a minute without each other. At last, Jan is officially introduced to Pia’s friends during a game night. It soon becomes clear, however, that the tight-knit group of gamers is very particular, and when Pia’s ex (Stephan Luca) turns up, the evening escalates into a competition for her heart.

Exploding Kittens
Netflix
New Series!

In this animated comedy based on the bestselling card game, since Earth sucks, God (voice of Tom Ellis) gets fired and sent down to the planet to reconnect with humanity. The catch? He’s trapped in the body of a chubby housecat. As part of his rehabilitation, he moves in with a dysfunctional family and tries to solve their problems but ends up spending a lot of time chasing laser pointers. To top it off, God’s next-door neighbor, who is also a cat, turns out to be none other than his nemesis, the Antichrist (Sasheer Zamata).

“Earth Day” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 6am

You won’t find a better round-the-world trip than this marathon of the lauded nature documentary franchise that celebrates the place we call home. Featuring Planet Earth: Life, Planet Earth: Africa, Planet Earth, Planet Earth III, Frozen Planet and Planet Earth II from Friday to Saturday.

The Very VERY Best of the ’80s
AXS TV, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The nostalgic countdown show returns to celebrate more of the most iconic and impactful television, film and pop-culture moments that defined the 1980s. Tonight’s season premiere explores the top rom-coms of that decade, with famous favorites such as Dee Wallace, John Salley and Mindy Cohn sharing their thoughts on the selections.

The Big Bakeover: “Cali Al’s Cheesecakes”
The CW, 8pm

If there is anyone who can help a California baker cook up a business plan that can turn his signature cheesecakes into moneymakers that also honor loved ones who have passed, it’s gotta be Nancy Birtwhistle, right? After all, she’s not just a lifestyle expert and cookbook author, she’s also a Great British Bake Off champion. She’s got all the right ingredients!

Shark Week 2024 Continues
Discovery Channel, beginning at 8pm; also streams on Max

Three new specials air tonight: The Real Sharkano, which follows shark advocate and attack survivor Paul de Gelder as he visits an ultra-remote island inhabited by shark-worshipping natives who swim with the creatures; Sharks of the Dead Zone, where experts investigate whether bull sharks can survive in the Indian River Lagoon, a vital nursery, despite the appearances of oxygen-depleted “dead zones” in the water; and Shark Attack Island, where de Gelder, Dr. Riley Elliott and Kori Burkhardt try to find out why a South Pacific paradise has become a shark attack hot spot, with bull, tiger and great white sharks moving closer and closer to the resort beaches and fatally attacking seven people in the past five years.

The Serpent Queen
Starz, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Season 2 of the delightfully wicked historical drama finds French monarch Catherine de Medici (Samantha Morton) in a courtly rivalry with England’s Queen Elizabeth I (Minnie Driver).

Nothing but Trailers Flashback
AXS TV, 8:30pm
New Episodes!

Season 2 of this series returns with new episodes, beginning tonight with a look at trailers for classic musicals from Little Shop of Horrors to Footloose and more.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Tale of Three Letters
Hallmark Mystery, 9pm
Original Film!

The POstables are back identifying the intended recipients of a trio of dead letters that have a surprising personal impact on all of them. Stars Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe, Geoff Gustafson and Rhiannon Fish.

Ancient Aliens: “The Whistleblowers”
History, 9pm

Crashed UFOs? Recovered alien entities? Secret programs? For decades, incredible claims have been made about an extraterrestrial presence on Earth. Are we nearing the day when whistleblowers will finally be taken seriously and their accounts proved true?

Slap Shot
TCM, 10:15pm
Catch a Classic!

Paul Newman leads this hilarious 1977 cult classic, which is one of the funniest sports comedies ever made and a rare film of any genre set in the world of ice hockey. The story surrounds a struggling minor league hockey team in a declining factory town that finds success and popularity when it adds outrageously violent goonery to its play. Much of that comes courtesy of the Hansons, three black-rimmed-glasses-wearing brothers brought on as “enforcers” and portrayed by former real-life hockey players David Hanson, and Steve and Jeff Carlson. Nancy Dowd wrote the screenplay, based on her brother Ned’s hockey-playing experiences, and the film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had previously directed Newman in the classics Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973).

Fantasmas
HBO, 11pm
Season Finale!

Season 1 of this comic mystery series concludes with “The Void.” Still in search of the lost oyster earring, Julio (Julio Torres) half-heartedly strikes a deal to create a project for a corporation. But when Vanesja (Martine Gutierrez) gets a surprising call about Julio’s rejected work, an exciting new opportunity emerges.

Saturday, July 13

Tennis: Wimbledon: Ladies’ Final
ESPN, 9am Live

The Wimbledon ladies’ singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club airs live on ESPN.

MLB Baseball
FS1 & FOX, beginning at 4pm Live

The N.Y. Yankees are at the Baltimore Orioles on FS1, followed by FOX’s regional game with either the Minnesota Twins at the San Francisco Giants or the Atlanta Braves at the San Diego Padres.

Key Largo
TCM, 4:15pm
Catch a Classic!

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made the last of their four memorable big-screen pairings together in this 1948 film noir classic directed by John Huston. Bogie plays disillusioned returning Army veteran Frank McCloud, who goes to the title island to visit the family of a man who died under his command in Italy during World War II. The family owns a hotel in Key Largo, and there Frank finds himself tangling with ruthless gangster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) when the two of them and a few other visitors are trapped by a hurricane in the hotel. Lionel Barrymore and Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Claire Trevor also star.

Mammals
BBC America, 8pm
New Series!

Legendary naturalist and filmmaker Sir David Attenborough presents this six-part docuseries centering on mammals, the warm-blooded, milk-producing vertebrates found in all corners of the planet. The premiere episode, “Dark,” explores how various mammal species have heightened senses that allow them to be active at night.

Shark Week 2024 Concludes
Discovery Channel, beginning at 8pm; also streams on Max

This year’s Shark Week event wraps up with two premiere specials: Sharktopia, which follows researchers to Indonesia’s Raja Ampat Islands in search of one of the region’s last living leopard sharks; and Mothersharker: Hammer Time, in which researchers Dr. James Sulikowski and Beckah Campbell aim to solve the mystery of where the elusive pregnant scalloped hammerheads give birth.

Soccer: CONMEBOL Copa América: Third Place Match
FS1, 8pm Live

The consolation match takes place at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Rescuing Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Erin (Rachael Leigh Cook) is granted three wishes, and her final wish is that Christmas would just disappear; to her complete bewilderment, it does. Can a potential suitor (Sam Page) help her bring it back?

Faye
HBO, 8pm; also streams on Max

In this documentary from filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau (Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind), Oscar-winning movie star Faye Dunaway recounts the triumphs and challenges of her illustrious career with frank candor. Through honest reflection, complemented by insight from colleagues and friends, Dunaway contextualizes her life and filmography, laying bare her struggles with mental health while confronting the double standards she was subjected to as a woman in Hollywood.

Sister Wife Murder
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

In Lifetime’s latest “ripped from the headlines” film, a young woman falls for a charismatic pastor with some dark secrets — the first being he’s already married, the second being he’s got multiple wives. When one of them mysteriously disappears, fears arise that she may be next.

NTT IndyCar Series: Hy-Vee Homefront 250
NBC, 8pm Live

An IndyCar weekend doubleheader at Iowa Speedway in Newton opens with the primetime Hy-Vee Homefront 250 as drivers compete for 250 laps around the .875-mile tri-oval.

Kids’ Choice Awards
Nickelodeon, 8pm Live

Jumping jellyfish! This year’s celebration of Nick’s finest is hosted by Bikini Bottom’s own SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick Star (voiced by Tom Kenny and Bill fa*gerbakke, respectively) — and it marks the first time animated characters will helm an entire awards show.

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